The law requires employers to ensure an adequate supply of fresh air in the workplace and this has not changed during the pandemic. Good ventilation, together with social distancing, keeping your workplace clean and frequent handwashing, can help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have updated their guidance to help businesses identify poorly ventilated areas in the workplace and provides steps to take to improve ventilation while maintaining a comfortable temperature. It will apply in most workplaces and includes guidance on:
- balancing ventilation with keeping people warm
- identifying poorly ventilated areas
- how to improve ventilation
- ventilation in vehicles
The new ventilation and air conditioning guidance is part of the HSE’s advice on making the workplace COVID-secure.